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Kiyoshi Saitō Art

Japanese, 1907-1997

Kiyoshi Saito was born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1907. At the age of five, he moved to Otaru in Hokkaido, where he would come to serve as an apprentice to a sign painter. Saito became infatuated with art after studying drawing with Gyokusen Narita and moved to Tokyo in 1932 to study Western-style painting at the Hongo Painting Institute. He began experimenting with woodblock prints and exhibiting his works with Nihon Hanga Kyōkai in 1936. Saito mainly worked in oil painting until his invitation from Tadashige Ono to join the Zokei Hanga Kyokai in 1938, at which time Saito made the woodblock print his primary medium. He worked with the Asahi Newspaper Company in 1943, where he met Kōshirō Onchi. This chance encounter led to an invitation to Ichimoku Kai and membership to Nihon Hanga Kyōkai in 1944. 

Saito’s printmaking career was put on hold due to the war. During the occupation, he sold his first print in an exhibit with fellow artists Un’ichi Hiratsuka and Hide Kawanishi. In 1948, Saito exhibited at the Salon Printemps, an event sponsored by Americans for Japanese Artists. At the Sao Paulo Biennale of 1951, Saito won first place for his print Steady Gaze. In competition with Japanese oil painting and sculpture, this was a turning point for Japanese printmakers: For the first time in Japanese history, prints overtook painting. This achievement roused the Japanese art establishment. In 1956, Saito was sponsored by the state department and the Asia Foundation to travel and exhibit around the United States and Europe. As a sōsaku-hangaartist, Saito’s prints are self-drawn, self-carved and self-printed. His early works are distinguished by an attention to realism and three-dimensionality. As his style evolved, his prints became flattened and two-dimensional, featuring strong and refined designs with color and texture. Kiyoshi Saito passed away in 1997.

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Artist: Kiyoshi Saitō
KYOTO (B)
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Santa Monica, CA
KIYOSHI SAITO (Japanese 1907 - 1997) KYOTO (B) 1966 Color woodcut, signed, titled, dated and no. 5/100 in pencil. Edition 100. Image 14 3/4 x 20 5/8 inches. Full margins with deckle...
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1960s Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Art

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Color, Woodcut

KATSURA KYOTO I
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Portland, ME
Saito, Kiyoshi. KATSURA KYOTO I. Color Woodblock, 1962. Edition of 200. Titled, dated and numbered 84/200 in pencil. Signed in the block (prints from this series were not signed in p...
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1960s Kiyoshi Saitō Art

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Adhesive, Woodcut

House in Kyoto
By Kiyoshi Saitō
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House in Kyoto Color woodcut, 1963 Signed in white brush bottom left of image, along with the artist's red stamp (see photo) Titled, dated and numbered in pencil bottom margin (see p...
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1960s Contemporary Kiyoshi Saitō Art

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Children
By Kiyoshi Saitō
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Artist: Kiyoshi Saito (Japanese, 1907-1997) Title: Children Year: Circa 1960 Medium: Color woodcut Edition: Unknown Paper: Japan Image (block mark) size: 9.5 x 4.25 inches...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Impressionist Kiyoshi Saitō Art

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Children II
By Kiyoshi Saitō
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Artist: Kiyoshi Saito (Japanese, 1907-1997) Title: Children II Year: Circa 1960 Medium: Color woodcut Edition: Unknown Paper: Japan Image (block mark) size: 9.85 x 5.35 inc...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Impressionist Kiyoshi Saitō Art

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Woodcut

"Nara" Japanese Townscape
By Kiyoshi Saitō
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Landscape print of small Japanese city, Nara (A). Signature and seal lower right. Mat board covers the margins which may have date, title and edition. Non-glare glass makes inspectio...
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20th Century Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Art

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Woodcut

"Maiko Kyoto" Japanese Figurative Woodblock Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
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Kiyoshi Saitō (1907 – 1997) Maiko Kyoto (B) 1959, portrait of a girl facing left, with black and white obi; strong woodgrain texture background. Signature and artist’s seal lower le...
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20th Century Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Art

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Woodcut

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